The cheapest times to fly from SWA to ZQN are

  • February 5th to March 25th
  • May 14th to June 17th
  • August 27th to September 9th
  • October 1st to December 31st (except the week of December 10th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SWA to ZQN is early June. Prices can be as high as $3627 for Wednesday flights during late June, or as low as $1022 for Sunday flights around early June.


When to Fly to Queenstown

Flying from Shantou (SWA) to Queenstown (ZQN) will usually cost between $1027 to $2667 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early June with an average ticket price of $1025. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late June, with an average price of $2503. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1478 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1145 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SWA to ZQN flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SWA to ZQN route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SWA to ZQN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SWA to ZQN flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Shantou. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Sunday is usually the cheapest day to fly to ZQN, and Thursday the cheapest day to fly back into SWA. Wednesdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $324 (20%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Sunday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1254. Return trip prices are from the ZQN to SWA flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SWA to ZQN can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 11 hour 20 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SWA to ZQN

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SWA to ZQN — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Auckland (SWA > AKL > ZQN)

  • Price for both tickets: $970
  • Average savings: $175 (15.25%)

See SWA to SIN flights

Hack #2: Singapore (SWA > SIN > ZQN)

  • Price for both tickets: $1012
  • Average savings: $133 (11.58%)

See SWA to AKL flights

Hack #3: Melbourne (SWA > MEL > ZQN)

  • Price for both tickets: $1057
  • Average savings: $88 (7.65%)

See SWA to MEL flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SWA to ZQN? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 14 major airlines flying this route most often: Air China, Air New Zealand, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, EVA Air, Finnair, Qantas, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Queenstown Airport to Waisha Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5748 miles or 9250 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SWA to ZQN?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SWA to ZQN flight is about 11 hour 20 minutes.

How many flights go between Shantou and Queenstown?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 16 available flights from SWA to ZQN.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SWA
Origination airport name Waisha Airport
City Shantou
Country China
Latitude 23.4
Longitude 116.8

Return Airport

Destination code ZQN
Destination airport name Queenstown Airport
City Queenstown
Country New Zealand
Latitude -45
Longitude 168.7


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